Cathay Pacific has unveiled its new business class seat, with a Panasonic in-flight entertainment system (eX2). The carrier lays out all the details and provides pictures on its web site. But what I find most interesting is the close-up shot above provided by the carrier. Cathay is clearly excited about the iPod connectivity it will offer passengers.
The solution is known as Panasonic's eXport, which allows audio and video to be sent from a passenger's iPod to the in-flight entertainment system while simultaneously powering and charging the iPod (or as I like to call it "the sexy stuff").
"The RCA and the iPhone/iPod connector allow passengers to connect their own devices and watch video through the Personal TV. The USB port can be used to charge devices such as mobile phones and BlackBerry devices," notes Cathay, which also intends to offer Panasonic's eXConnect high-speed Internet service across its entire fleet.
The new business class product will be installed on all of Cathay Pacific's new long-haul A330-300 and Boeing 777-300ER deliveries. Cathay says the first A330 is due to enter service by March 2011, while the first Boeing 777-300ER is due to enter service in April 2011. The product will also be progressively installed on all existing long-haul A330-300 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. By February 2013, the airline will have all 30 of its Boeing 777-300ERs and 20 long-haul A330-300s with the product.